Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Favorite Things!

Like many of you, I have my favorite Christmas decorations....ones I look forward to unpacking every year.

I've shared this manger scene before.....it is so very special to me because my Dad made it! 

I know, I've told you that before too but...... I tell the story every year to anyone who will listen.....

When I was 6 or 7 my Dad decided to make a manger scene for us.....

He used two very special models.....my Barbie and Ken dolls!  He cut the shapes out of Styrofoam and then wrapped them in gold wrapping paper.  I had so much fun watching him create this! They have been given new clothes over the fifty years, and one of the wise men has lost his gift.

After my Dad passed away and my Mom moved in with us she said it was time to pass this set on to our family.

We do treasure it!

Another family favorite is a set of Mickey Mouse Christmas lights!

My Dad bought these for his family in 1937.

I'm not sure they've ever been used...the decals are in perfect shape...no chips, and no fading

a little gift for Minnie!

I don't use these for anything other than display.

Our first Christmas together Mr. Math's Mom gave him two special decorations that had been gifts to him from his babysitter....

They both held candy....the boot had flavored candy canes and the Santa held taffy.

Both the boot and the Santa were sent from Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California.

The Santa is missing an arm...every Christmas I think about trying fix his broken arm......I've never done it, nothing has come to mind on how to give this big guy a new arm.......

I'm sure you have favorite ornaments or decorations that you put out year after year.....

These are just a few of my favorite things!



  1. What sweet and tender memories! Thank you, Chris, for sharing these special items. I wish I had some of the things I grew up with. I am lucky, though, to have a few little things that were in my Grandma Pattas house during the holidays. Merry Christmas, sweet Chris!

  2. How wonderful that you have these things from the past! There were no such treasures from my childhood, and I wish there had been.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Great treasures. I have a whole bag of tiny figures that came from my grandparents tree...treasures that have a place in our hearts! Happy holidays.

  4. Darling and very special treasures!! Merry Christmas! xo Heather

  5. I have a few ornaments that I'm sure other people would consider "junk" but they are really special to me. Some of my most precious possessions are amongst my Christmas decorations. This year my daughter wanted some of her ornaments from when she was little, and some of them were difficult to part with!

  6. Love those sweet decorations and the memories attached to them;). Hugs coming your way dear friend.

  7. Wonderful Christmas decorations filled with treasured memories! xo Jane

  8. Such cute and sweet treasures!!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!! xo Holly

  9. I certainly is the season for a walk down memory lane! What great treasures and memories, how great that you remember your dad making the nativity set!! You have a Happy New Year! I have so enjoyed your blog, I love when I pull it up and see you and your girlfriends goofing off, it always brings a smile to my face!